OSHA is in the final stages of a ruling that will allow them to create a public database of workplace injuries and illness, which is scheduled for March completion.
Making the connection between workplace safety and profitability can reinforce and spur greater attention to improving safety practices and reducing workers compensation costs in the construction industry.
In 2014, construction laborers were among the top 10 selected occupations for injury and illness incidence rates, at 309.7 per 10,000.
Women represent half of the population in the U.S. but, according to a 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, women make up less than 10% of the construction industry workforce.
Looking toward 2016, the one thing that is really bothering me, that I think could have a harsher impact on our industry than all others, is the shortage of skilled labor.
California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards Board Advisory Committee addressed residential fall protection at a meeting held on November 2 in Sacramento, CA. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab advocated that California revise its fall protection requirements from 7 ½ feet, to the national OSHA standard of 6 feet.
Since FrameSAFE first rolled out in March of this year, 23 NFC Professional Framer members and 12 Skilled Subcontractors have subscribed to the program. As this bilingual, OSHA-compliant safety program is being implemented across the country, the feedback has been very positive.
NAHB economist Carmel Ford has provided an analysis of the association’s latest Cost of Construction Survey on costs related to building single-family homes.
Learn from award winning builder, Matt Belcher, on how employing SIPs for your next building envelope positions the project to meet and surpass both current and upcoming energy codes.
Home builder D.R. Horton Inc. sidestepped the labor shortages plaguing many of its peers, posting a 23% year-over-year gain in delivered homes for its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 30.
Congress recently passed the budget agreement which contained a provision which permits OSHA to raise fines significantly starting in August 2016. The law permits a one-time “catch up” increase up to 82 percent, since fines have not been raised since 1990.
OSHA fines will increase for the first time in a quarter century, under a provision in the recently signed congressional budget deal.
Training a crew in proper bracing techniques in a way that gets them past the negative experience requires more than a little thinking outside the box.
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